COVID shutdowns and frigid temperatures kept all but the die-hards out of the French Quarter and Marigny neighborhoods on Mardi Gras day. Those who came strutted with style, keeping the torch of Carnival Spirit lit until next year.
- photography by Andrew Simoneaux
Friday evening, much of New Orleans waited with bated breath in hopes the protest in the French Quarter would be peaceful. The rest of the city attended. Thousands rallied in front of Jackson Square in a remarkable show of solidarity against racism.
- by Ellis Anderson
From Tucks to Barkus to Mardi Gras day in the Quarter to the mounted police's traditional ride down Bourbon Street to end the Carnival season, photographer and French Quarter resident Andrew Simoneaux caught the energy.
I have been a French Quarter resident for 10 years and even though I have visited more than 40 countries - there is no place like home. I really want people to know the Quarter is a place where real people live. It's a place where misfits from all over come and find each other. We take care of each other, we are family. I wanted to show folks a very typical day in the quarter. Here's what I saw outside my door Monday, September 30.
Photographer Andrew Simoneaux found himself visiting the French Quarter almost every day to seek out shots. Last year, he made life easier by moving into the neighborhood.
The images he selected to include in this photo essay were taken from the end of August into the first week of September, during the Southern Decadence festivities.